On the Dynamics of a Weighted Bowling Ball

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R. L. Huston, J. Sears

Department of Engineering Science, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

C. Passerello

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Technological University, Houghton, Mich. 49931

J. M. Winget

Department of Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. 91125

J. Appl. Mech 46(4), 937-943 (Dec 01, 1979) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3424681 History: Received December 01, 1978; Online July 12, 2010


An analysis of the dynamics and performance of a weighted, slipping/rolling bowling ball is presented. The analysis uses Euler parameters and angular velocity components as dependent variables. The governing equations of motion are integrated using standard digital/numerical procedures. Particular attention is given to factors affecting ball performance (“hook”) and the lane oil tracing on the ball. It is found that factors most affecting hook are the mass-center location, the lane conditions (friction), and the initial angular velocity component parallel to the lane.

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